AM/FM/CB antenna?

AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by Golden Richa » Fri, 10 Jun 1994 10:24:42

I'm looking for a CB antenna solution for my Mazda RX-7.  I don't want
to cut any holes in the car to mount an antenna and I'd rather not
have the hassle of a removable magnetic antenna.

I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
the stock AM/FM stereo.  How good is CB reception with these antennae?
Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected?  Note that I don't
require the ultimate range for the CB; it's for highway cruising
between New Orleans and Columbus, OH.  I do require that AM/FM not
suffer, but it seems as though the tradeoff would probably effect the
CB more, anyway.

Opinions?  Hurry!  I need a quick solution.  :)

--Golden

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AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by Jerry Blacker » Fri, 10 Jun 1994 20:49:01



Quote:

> I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
> the stock AM/FM stereo.  How good is CB reception with these antennae?
> Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected?  Note that I don't

Lousy CB reception.  The antenna is a standard antenna with a matching
network to protect the CB transmitter finals.  As far as using it for
CB, it stinks.

Check other stores, such as Western Auto.  There are antennas that have
built-in coils to match the CB, in addition to a matching network.  These
are a better compromise.

Jerry

 
 
 

AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by Jeffrey D. Ang » Sat, 11 Jun 1994 01:12:04

  > I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
  > the stock AM/FM stereo.  How good is CB reception with these antennae?
  > Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected?  Note that I don't
  > require the ultimate range for the CB; it's for highway cruising
  > between New Orleans and Columbus, OH.  I do require that AM/FM not
  > suffer, but it seems as though the tradeoff would probably effect the
  > CB more, anyway.

  When I bought a 73 Dodge Crew Cab, it had a bumper sticker in the rear
  window (proudly) proclaiming "Radio Shack Two Way Radio Equiped". So of
  course, I bought one so I wouldn't have to peel the sticker off. I also
  bought the AM/FM/CB antenna with the matcher/splitter box.

  The FM radio works fine *in Los Angeles*, the AM reception suffered a
  bit for less than monster local stations and the CB was next to useless,
  but it *did* work. I guess part of the problem was just running the 5
  watts I was supposed to be running. BUt it did work whe there was several
  of heading up to the mountains for a weekend of debauchery (er, I mean
  field day) to keep everyone going in the same direction.

  Like anything designed as a compromise, it works poorly. But for your
  application (no hole and nothing too obvious) in the Mazda it should
  work fine.

  Jeff



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AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by Robert V. Grizza » Sun, 12 Jun 1994 02:50:36

: I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
: the stock AM/FM stereo.  How good is CB reception with these antennae?
: Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected?  Note that I don't

Mine works OK.  It's no ball of fire, but it lets me listen to the
citizen's band from people 4 miles or so away when the short skip is
out.  It does a fine job on AM and FM broadcast bands as well.

: require the ultimate range for the CB; it's for highway cruising
: between New Orleans and Columbus, OH.  I do require that AM/FM not
: suffer, but it seems as though the tradeoff would probably effect the
: CB more, anyway.

If I need the ultimate range, I'll***the 10M resonator onto the
Hustler(tm) mast in the ball mount then connect the ball mount to the CB
and tune it up on channel 19 and have a blast.

de kg7yy

 
 
 

AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by te.. » Sun, 12 Jun 1994 02:27:16

 Golden,                
 I had a Harada electric antenna on a BMW320 that was supposed to "do
it all". It worked fine for AM/FM, but not for CB. You might consider
a Magnetic mount CB. Some of them, like the K40 I have allow you to detach
the antenna at the base. Perhaps there is some antenna that really works        
for both AM/FM and CB, but I am not aware of it.
--
Terry Boylan IBM/Austin

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AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by Dennis Wills » Sun, 12 Jun 1994 08:56:07

Quote:> I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
> the stock AM/FM stereo.  How good is CB reception with these antennae?
> Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected?  Note that I don't
> require the ultimate range for the CB; it's for highway cruising
> between New Orleans and Columbus, OH.  I do require that AM/FM not
> suffer, but it seems as though the tradeoff would probably effect the
> CB more, anyway.

I have an 87 IROC camaro and want to have a CB in it for the times I caravan
with others that also have CBs. Rather than add an Antenna or change to a
different AM/FM antenna that already had CB attachment I bought a tuner from
antenna specialist that converts my existing AM/FM antenna to an AM/FM/CB
antenna. I don't listen to AM so I don't know what I could receive before VS.
after, but the FM works about the same as it did before (I have a Pioneer
Super Tuner FM-Stereo). The CB works OK (certianly not as well as a full time
designed for CB antenna) but well enough for local car-car on the freeway.

If you are big time CB user and are looking for a big set of 'ears' and a
border on DX transmit range.... This is NOT the set-up! For casual freeway
use it's very good (in my opinion).

I already had a glass-mount telephone and glass-mount 2 Meter ham antenna on
my rear window and I didn't want the car to look any more like an antenna farm
than it already does.

For those who may own a camaro in this year range and want to know how all this
radio gear fits inside the car I will let you know here. The CB is mounted
under the passenger seat (it has all the controls on the mike), the 2M rig is
under the driver seat (it has all the controls on the mike too). The phone
handset is mounted next to the A/C controls on the side of the console with
the transceiver mounted on the rear wheel well where the spare tire goes. The
AM/FM/Cassette and CD control head is in the standard Stereo position and the
6 disk CD changer is in the rear trunk well. The radar detector fits in the
grill of the car, the laser detector fits has be put in the front of the over
head console (to look like the factory headlight dimmer) and the control head
for the radar detector and laser detector (they attach to the same control head)
is under the ashtray lid (it's a non-smoking car). It all looks very good and
professional. I can't seem to get a scanner in the lot without looking over
done. So until I find a way I am using a 'pocket' (handheld) scanner with a clip
on the window antenna and a cigarette lighter power supply (the only valid use
for a cigarette lighter is powering portable electronic equipment). When not in
actual use it goes in the little locking compartment in the rear of the car.

Oh yea.... the car actually runs too.......................

Dennis
Optical Storage Systems Technology and Performance
IBM Almaden Research Center
San Jose, Calif

 
 
 

AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by JWILKER.. » Mon, 13 Jun 1994 01:07:00


>I'm looking for a CB antenna solution for my Mazda RX-7.  I don't want
>to cut any holes in the car to mount an antenna and I'd rather not
>have the hassle of a removable magnetic antenna.

   Well, a CB antenna is a valuable piece of equipment, not an ornament
that you do not install because it "looks bad".  An attractive antenna
probably will not work much better than a dummy load.  Whereas an ugly
long thing will get you out fine.

Quote:>I noticed that Radio Shack carries an AM/FM/CB antenna which replaces
>the stock AM/FM stereo.  How good is CB reception with these antennae?
>Equally important, is AM/FM reception affected?  Note that I don't

   I understand the CB operation suffers.  Since CB operation isn't your
main priority, perhaps it would be the thing for you however.  
 
 
 

AM/FM/CB antenna?

Post by Roy Bla » Tue, 14 Jun 1994 05:40:28

I have one of the Radio Shack combo antennas and can say that it's
fine for casual use such as getting traffic reports from nearby
truckers, talking between cars travelling together, etc.  I can
receive farther than I can transmit.  Normal broadcast reception
is as before, as far as I can tell.
--
Roy Blake       Niagara College         Welland, ON, Canada